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Access the records: Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848-1992 .
This collection contains naturalization records filmed at the Regional NARA facility in Chicago. It includes records from:
- South Bend (ARC #5682644 & 5682646)
- Hammond (ARC #5890428)
- Indianapolis (ARC #4478178 & 4481511)
- Fort Wayne (ARC #5674638)
- Lafayette (ARC #5687052).
Citation for This Collection
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- Indiana Probate Courts. Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848-1992. National Archives and Records Administration, Chicago, Illinois.
These records usually include the following information:
- Full name of citizen
- Residence at the time of naturalization
- Birth place
- Admission date
- Certificate date
- Name of court
- Petition number
- Registration number
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- Approximate date of naturalization
- Probable place of naturalization
Search the Collection
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⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page.
⇒Select the appropriate "Name Range" which takes you to the images. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
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Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. You can use naturalization records to:
- Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
- Confirm their date of arrival
- Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
- Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Immigrants could naturalize in any court that performed naturalizations. That included city, county, state and federal courts. Begin by looking for naturalization records in the courts of the county or city where the immigrant lived.
- Look first for the petition (second papers), because they are usually easier to find in courts near where the immigant eventually settled.
- After 1906, the declaration can be filed with the petition as the immigrant was required to submit a copy when he submitted the petition.
- Because immigrants were allowed to naturalize in any court, they often selected the most convenient court. If they worked somewhere other than their residence, they may have gone to a court closer to work to naturalize.
- Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and then in state, county, or city courts.
- An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process.
- If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
- Continue to search the naturalization records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have naturalized in the same area or nearby.
- The witnesses named on naturalization records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations.
- You may want to obtain the naturalization records of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
- Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the names and for nicknames.
- Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the naturalization records year by year.
- Search the indexes of nearby localities.
- Indiana Commission on Public Records
- Indiana State Digital Archives
- Indiana Historical Society
- Indiana Naturalization Records
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.